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. megan mcgrath is at the ellipse with a preview of the big ceremony. >> you can see the tree over my shoulder here. it's all decorateding the lights are on, but of course it hasn't been lit yet. they won't be doing that until shortly after 5:00 tonight. this is the 90th annual lighting of the christmas tree, a tradition that was started in 1903. the video that you're seeing here, this was actually from last year's tree lighting. this year, though, folks can expect a few different things. we've got a couple changes here. first of all, the stage has been changed and the location of the stage has been changed as well. they basically shifted it 90 degrees. so you've got this really pretty backdrop now. you've got the tree immediately to the left of the stage and then to the left of that, you have the white house itself, which of course during the time of the big event tonight will be all lit up. so very beautiful backdrop here. also, the host this year is actor neil patrick harris. and we've got a star-studded lineup. what can we expect in terms of musical performances? take a listen. >>
. news 4's megan mcgrath has been talking to fans all morning. she's live in green belt. good morning, megan. >> reporter: good morning, richard. a lot of excited fans here at this metro station. you got to consider that this season did not get off to the greatest start. but then the redskins started to turn things around and then yesterday they won their seventh in a row clinching the nfc east title. the first time since 1999. of course, making it all the sweeter is that this victory was over arch-rival dallas. talking to folks at the green belt metro station, you can imagine they're over the moon and they have high expectations. >> i thought it was a great game. i was a little bit surprised rg3 didn't seem as mobile as he normally was. morris had 200-yard day. it was a great day for a great rookie. >> i love it. rg3 is phenomenal. he's phenomenal. he was the missing piece in -- more than the missing piece. he was just great. >> it was a fantastic game last night. morris did his thing. rg3 did his thing. >> extremely well, yeah. definitely they will win the super bowl. i wish them al
't believe their team is in the playoffs, especially after starting 3-. megan mcgrath is talking to fans in green belt this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it was a daunting task. redskins had to win seven in a row. that's what they did clinching the nfc east title. the first time since 1999. now, making this victory all the sweeter is the fact that it came over arch-rival dallas. a lot of fans very, very happy about that. now, we've been here in green belt talking to folks, talking to fans who stayed up o watch that game and as you would imagine, they are over the moon and nothing but good things to say about their team and what the future holds. >> it was a fantastic game last night. morris did his thing. rg3 did his thing. i'm just really excited. i hope that they do go and hail redskins. >> what did you think of that game? >> i loved it. i loved the outcome of it. i hope they go all the way. >> and we're hearing nothing but but praise for rg3 and alfred morris, the rookies who helped make it happen. the redskins take on the seahawks next sunday at fedex field. repor
christmas tree. this year's event included several star-studded acts. megan now with a preview of the big event. >> reporter: this is the 90th annual lighting of the christmas tree. this started in 1923 with calvin coolidge and that tradition continuing today, with lots of things that are new this year. you see the stage brand-new. the orientation of the stage is new as well. it's got kind of an interesting perspective. you see the tree to the left of the stage, and then you also see the white house. they switched things up a little bit. we also have a new tree this year. i'm joined by scott tucker with the national park service. talk about the tree itself. because that's the highlight of this event. what happened? we have a new tree. >> we do have a new tree. back in president's day weekend of 2011, the wind storm came through d.c. and snapped the tree that was planted in 1978. we transplanted a new tree because the national christmas tree is a live, living tree. we transplanted in one in march of 2011. that one didn't make it. and so this year, roughly a month ago, october of this year,
. >> this is chelsea! there's no question, this is the best part of christmas. >> that was megan fitzgerald reporting. i don't think chelsea will get free time at home. >> they come together every year to do this and welcome all the troops home. it would be so awesome if we could do that at airports across the country, and during this time we especially keep their servicemen in our hearts and minds for everything that they do. >> maybe that will inspire others to do it. >>> it's the end of an era, after 21 years and more than 7,000 shows together, and the original wiggles are saying good-bye. they took the stage for their final concert together. this was last night in australia. anthony is staying in the band, but three new recruits will join him. the original wiggles say they had the most amazing time together and everybody is going to miss the original group. >>> the time is 9:26. we have a lot of early risers up and getting on the road this morning. >> that's right, so next we will check out travel conditions in our area for those coming and going out of our region right now. >>> and an unfortunat
. this is the best part of christmas. >> what a great christmas present. that was megan fitzgerald reporting. >> it would be so great if they could do that for every troop coming home across the nation, and they say they definitely plan to continue this. >>> the shootings in connecticut sparked a nationwide movement to help others. >> here's a gift card to dunkin' doughnuts. i thought who couldn't use a cup of coffee more than a truck driver. >> ann curry suggested 20 acts of kindness, and something as small as paying for a customer behind you at the coffee shop. head over to our facebook page or tweet us. >> it's inspiring to see the people taking it seriously. >> some man said he started holding the door for more people which is something you don't think about every day, and it does make a difference. >> very heartwarming. >>> the "today" show is next on nbc 4 at 8:00. >>> coming up on sunday morning on "today," it's the mad dash for last-minute gifts. two shopping days left until christmas, and malls and stores across the country, i think we can say with a fair amount of certainly will be
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